When I first started knitting, I would be working away at a pattern and really have no clue what was going on. Every stitch was a surprise - "Oh wow! I had no idea that doing K3, P2, yo, etc was going to make that!" I felt like I was really getting the hang of knitting when I could look at a chart or at written instructions and understand what to expect *before* I cast on a single stitch.
Every once in a while though, a pattern can still just knock me on my heels. "Wait! Where did that come from?!? Am I doing this right???" This was definitely the case with my latest FO, the Lake of the Woods wrap from Ilga Leja. When Tim was helping me get it all pinned out and blocked, I realized that while I was knitting, I was totally clueless about what was going on. No idea why though... this pattern seems really rather straightforward.
Pattern: Lake of the Woods by Ilga Leja
Yarn: Reynolds Odyssey in colorway 404 (Lavender/sage mix)
Needles: #10 Addi Natura, #8 Addi Natura circulars
Started: 31 May 2008
Finished: 22 June 2008
Will I make this again? Possibly. Nice, easy lace pattern - but it does eat a lot of yarn.
Mods Nothing other than yarn choice.
Wood buttons are from from Haus of Yarn.
My sister Kathy used to live in a small Minnesota town right on the shore of the Lake of the Woods, a large freshwater lake on the US-Canadian border. Beautiful (but cold!) place. I was drawn to this wrap because of how well the pattern captured my impression of the lake.
Here's an action shot with the finished wrap:
I've had this Reynolds Odyssey in my stash for around a year. I originally bought it to make a cable and lace cape, but the pattern just didn't inspire me to actually cast on. I've never knit with Odyssey before, but I enjoyed the experience. It's a worsted weight merino yarn with a very interesting dyeing style that creates subtle color variation. The payoff came the second that I put the finished wrap in a warm soak with some Euclan. The yarn was soft to begin with, but soaking made the fiber even softer and it really bloomed.
This wrap is just something light to wrap around my shoulders when it gets a little chilly out. Ideal for springtime or the fall here in Nashville. I didn't get too hot while we were taking these pictures either, even though it was fairly warm out yesterday!
And another picture of the whole thing:
A brief word about price: I feel like I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this pattern was a bit more expensive than I would usually pay for a single pattern, $12 CDN which is just under $12 US right now. I truly value the effort that goes into writing quality patterns, but at the same time you can buy books of patterns for not much more than the price of this single pattern. The pattern instructions were clearly written, the charts were well done, and there were quite a few tips on technique. The finished product is insanely gorgeous. In other words, it was worth the $12. For me, it was a big leap to spend $12 on a pattern without knowing what to expect, but now I have confidence that other patterns from Ilga Leja would be high quality and something unique.